There are many types of controls in the digital world.
One type of a control is imperative control. These types of controls take immediate action. An example of an imperative control is a home button on an iPhone. It’s a very simple button that allows you to immediately exit any app and be back at the main screen of your phone.
Another example of an imperative control is a search icon button such as the one used for Google. It’s used as a signal to start a search for whatever information the user has entered in a search bar and aesthetically is suiting for its purpose/ is obvious to all types of internet users what its purpose is.
A third example of an imperative control is a door opener. This is a button that when pressed automatically opens a door, and is most often used by people in wheel chairs. This button is always easy to access and is labelled clearly.
Another type of control is a selection control. This type of control allows the user to select an item/ make a choice between two or more already present options. An example of this is an iPhone silent button. This button is a type of flip flop button that you can slide up or down to silence or turn on your phones ringer. This button is very handy for when you go from hanging out at home where you set your phone down but like to know when someone’s trying to contact you to school or work where you have other people around that don’t want to be distracted by your ringing phone. Basically a flip flop button allows you to go from one setting to another usually opposite setting, with the flip of a button.
Another example of a selection control is a file tree structure. This is a Tree control, which follows the hierarchical structure. This simply breaks down the interaction path to show you what all folders you have to go through to reach a file in numerous subfolders.
Another very common selection control is a Radio button. An example of this is an online pizza order form. A pizza order form makes use of a radio button to allow you to choose things such as pizza size, types of toppings or payment method.
A third type of control is the input control, this allows users to enter new information that’s not already an existing option. An example of an input control is a slider, like the slider used on the iPhone or iPod to adjust the brightness of the screen.
Another example is what’s called a spinner button, this allows the user to adjust numerical input by use of keyboard or mouse. An example where this is used is websites or programs that ask for dates to be entered.
A third example of this is a text area. Text areas are used for all kinds of things such as the input areas when addressing an email. It is a simple control that lets the user enter whatever they please.
A fourth type of control is a display control. These show how things are being shown on your screen. One type of a display co
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Another example of a display control is a progress indicator; this is used in place when something’s trying to load. It shows the user how far along or how close the item is to loading to prevent users from being too impatient and just closing out of things before they’re fully loaded. A place this is commonly used is YouTube to show how far along you are in watching a video. An example of where this is used is on a website browser where it shows the percent you’re currently zoomed into the page.
A third example of this is a text display; these usually appear to alert you when things aren’t working. A commonly know use of these are the dreaded website pages have become unresponsive alerts, that appear when a website you’re browsing glitches.
The cleverest control I’ve come across is the progress bar of The Sims game. I like it because not only does it have your basic progress bar but it also has random tips on game play or random processes it’s loading shown cycled through to read while your game loads.
The most awkward control I’ve come across is anything with a volume control that’s not slider controlled but set by certain increments as I always end up wanting a volume between two of the available increments.
There are a lot of controls used in our day to day lives, and whether they be good, bad or ugly, they have become a necessity to our lives.